2018-12-05 / Mideast

Archaeologists find Pontius Pilate’s ring

Israeli researchers say they have found a ring that belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who had Jesus crucified. The copper alloy jewelry was one of the artifacts found during a 1968-69 dig unearthing a section of a tomb and palace belonging to the biblical King Herod near Bethlehem in the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported. But the ring was examined and cataloged only this year, the report said.

Pilate, a historical figure who has captivated the imagination of some of the 20th century’s most-celebrated authors, including James Joyce and Mikhail Bulgakov, ruled the province of Judaea from around 26-36 A.D.

The scientific analysis of the ring was published by the Israel Exploration Society in the Israel Exploration Journal.

“We have a ring inscribed with the name Pilate and the personal connection just cries out,” Roi Porat, the archaeologist who ordered the ring’s re-examination, told The Times of Israel. (JTA)

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